Here Are the Best Community-Focused Businesses in the Hudson Valley

Photo courtesy of New Paltz Youth Program

Youth Program

The New Paltz Youth Program

Driving down Main Street you may think this is an ordinary residence; but for local students, this is a place of gathering and learning. The New Paltz Youth Program, which began in response to the town’s middle and high school students requesting a “place of our own in this college town,” provides an oasis to play sports or games, do homework, or simply relax. On-site tutoring, mentoring, and field trips to job and service opportunities are also offered.

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Cafe for Cat Lovers

Morgan’s Cat Café

With a new location and vegan burger menu, Morgan’s aims to provide a bright, comfortable space for cat lovers to congregate and cats to find a new home. This nonprofit animal rescue organization, situated in a historic Red Hook building, is a great place for kids and adults — think events like rescue training and cat lovers’ singles nights.

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Resource for a Community

Hudson Valley LGBTQ Community Center

From its Uptown location, the Center provides services, support, and space for LGBTQ community members. With events ranging from discussion groups and film screenings to outdoor excursions, in addition to HIV and STI testing, the Center aims to help everyone who might need it.



Service for People in Need

Family of Woodstock, Inc.

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Few do as much, as often, as Family of Woodstock. For close to 50 years, this venerable organization has provided hot food and shelter for the unhoused of Ulster County, and has expanded its programs to include a mental health hotline, services for victims of domestic violence, child care support, and court advocates.




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